Hello, so I’m currently doing college tours and looking at colleges and all the sort. I recently toured one of my top choices and specifically looked at their aviation program, which looks incredible (though their towered airfield with GA, corporate, and commercial is a scary step up from the calm, untowered airfield where I’m at right now ).
Speaking with their staff, I found that their Chief Instructor was not all that supportive about the program itself and seemed to echo what I’d read in the past that such a program would be a bit worthless unless you were fully 100% committed to it, and would do little in supporting you should you lose your medical or get furloughed.
My question is, is it ultimately worth it to pursue a degree in aeronautical science while getting my licenses (IR, CPL, CFI, with MER, CFII optional) or is it a better choice to pursue a different degree while getting my licenses and ratings at a school such as the one that I currently attend that could be a fair distance away? Are there a fair amount of jobs that could provide a safety net should I get forloughed or lose my medical (my own aviation teacher at my school is a recent graduate from this very college, but didn’t want the airline life), or such examples few and far in between? Also, since it does vary from person to person, I’ll add that I personally would not be happy sitting in a sky scraper doing who knows what in a little cubicle, and that it would only be a last resort if there aren’t any aviation specific jobs.
(Also just wanted to add that these are definitely questions to be asked at future college tours, but I would like to hear what actual pilots think, a different perspective. Also, I did meet with the professor and department members, but my questions for them centered more about academic requirements and the sort.)